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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Dec 17, 2012 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Traffic Master Tape(Non-Dead)

I would think that what is being auctioned is not the 'original' master tape. If anything, it could be, what is referred to as a 'safety master' - a high quality copy off of 'the' master tape - a 'back up' tape, just in the event that 'the' true master gets damaged. It could also be a copy that is sent to those foreign countries that have licensed it for their region. ebay recently had a few Beatles reels and a Hendrix "master" reel, that ended up going for more than $1,000. But each of those tapes had serious documentation on record company letterhead, that described who was the original recipient of the tape(s), what purpose they were to be used for, etc. A few Beatles 'masters' included the 'master' tapes of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" to be used for the manufacture and sale of that EMI recording for Mexico. In the days of all analog, sometimes record companies had several 'safety masters' recorded to be sent to the artists, producer and any number of licensees, and sometimes they had only one or two 'safety masters' produced.

Without better documentation it's hard to verify it's authenticity or intended use. I wouldn't bid the farm on it. Though, it might sound fantastic at 15 ips!

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Poster: segan63 Date: Dec 18, 2012 1:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Traffic Master Tape(Non-Dead)

Thanks, I didn't think it could possibly be an original, but the current bid of $330 seemed high for just enjoying near pristine audio quality.